Saint Joan of Valois, 1464 – 1505, was the second daughter of Louis XI,  King of France, and Charlotte of Savoy, She was born on April 23, 1464. At the age of two months she was betrothed to Louis, Duke of Orleans, and the marriage took place in 1476. There is no doubt  that it was invalid, for Louis of Orleans married her in fear of his life  if he did not comply with the king’s orders to do so.

St. Joan was by  no means a prepossessing figure: she was hunch-backed, lame and pock-marked. On her husband’s succession to the throne he obtained a declaration that the marriage was invalid. Joan, therefore, was not to be queen of France; she was given instead the title of Duchess of Berry. “If so it is to be, praised be the Lord”, was her remark on this occasion.

And there, really is the basis of her holiness and the spiritual testament that she left in the Order of the Annunciation that she founded; by her choice of name for her nuns she emphasized the parallel between our Lady’s “Be it done to me and her own If so it is to be”.

All her life she met with opposition and countered it with such gentle words these. There were difficulties without number. The pope seemed unwilling to give his approval, though Louis X11 approved readily enough, thinking perhaps that Joan, bound by vows, would be less likely to upset the verdict given in the suit of nullity; his fears were groundless, and in any case directly after the verdict he had married Anne of Brittany.

There were difficulties arising from Joan’s character; she was inclined to be autocratic with her nuns, impatient at their slow progress. The foundation was made at Bouges, and the remains of the house may still be seen there Joan died at the age of 41 on February 4, 1505. St. Joan was canonized in 1950. Her feast day is February 4 the day on which she died.

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  1. Modern people often complain that “there are no heroes”…Study the Saints! If more people would study and imitate them, there would indeed be modern heroes.

  2. We are all called to be Saints and many of us try to live holy lives. However, just like with any winning sport team, be it baseball, football, etc. some of the players make it into the Hall of Fame and some don’t but all are needed to win. Each one of us must continue to try and live holy lives and if we don’t get the Saint title here on Earth, we will be sure to receive it in Heaven’s Hall of Fame.

    • thank you frances beautifully put personally i dont think i would like the title HERO i’d prefer to live my life with prayer’s that we all need for ourselve’s and our children that’s where my life right now i would rather ask for help in prayer to all the angel’s and saint’s although struggling at the moment and continually praying thank you all for your prayer’s i’m still happy being a struggling mother helping my 2 grown up children with their struggle’s in life than be a hero that to mean’s nothing to me but we are all different x

  3. ST JOAN OF VALOIS NEED HELP ASAP FOR MY IN COMING BLINDNESS DUE TO GLAUCOMA. AND FEAR FOR MY WELL BEING DUE TO EVIL MAN IN MY HO– USE AS ASQUATTER AND PAYING NOTHIN FOR HE ANS HIS VAKUE AND THREATENING ME IN DIUFFERENT WAYS NEED THE HOLY SPIRIT COME TO HIM IN A DREAM AND STOP. I AM SO SICK. MY HEARING IS GOING AND HAVE POSSIBLE CANCER. AND MY FAMILY IS MAD AT ME FOR UNWISE DECSIONS. , I PRAY THE ROSARY AND ALSO FOR THE POOR SOULS IN PURGATORY WHO HAVE NONE ONE TO PRAY FOR THEM.I WILL BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL.

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